Authentic Project Idea – Trains

Train

Trains have always fascinated people.  There is something about watching a train come down the tracks.  Where is it coming from?  Where is it going?  What is it carrying?

So many authentic project ideas:  The history of trains. Who invented the train?  In what country did trains first run?  How did trains lead to the settlement of the United States?  How much cargo is carried by trains in your country/in other countries?  What influences the use of trains in a country – harbors/water access for ships, terrain, expense…

What problems are trains facing today?  Design a better/faster train? Build a model train.  The history of model trains…

What is the inside of Queen Elizabeth’s private train car like? Design a private train car fit for a queen.  That would be my project!

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